2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Grades PreK-4 Education to M.Ed. in Reading Specialist

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Grades PreK-4 Education degree prepares students to teach children at the pre-kindergarten to grade 4 levels. Pennsylvania certification in pre-K to grade 4 education is awarded upon graduation and completion of state certification requirements.  

Qualified undergraduate students in the Grades PreK-4 Education program may be eligible to participate in the accelerated B.S.Ed.-to-M.Ed. program, which enables them to take graduate courses that apply to both their bachelor's degree and (thereafter) a Reading Specialist master's degree.  

The Reading Specialist Master of Education program at Cal U is designed for students who want to earn a Master of Education degree and reading specialist certification on their Pennsylvania teaching certificate.

Through the accelerated program, students can complete both degrees at Cal U with a total of 142 credits.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Diane Fine


These programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The reading specialist program is also nationally recognized by the International Literacy Association (ILA).


The following curriculum shows the requirements for completing the bachelor's degree under the accelerated B.S.Ed.-to-M.Ed. program. Additional graduate-level courses are required to complete the master's degree; refer to the graduate academic catalog for these requirements.

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40-41
CHD 250  Health and PE Methods for PreK-4 3
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations 3
ECO 102  Econ for El. Ed. 1
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning 3
EDU 350  Supporting Eng. Lang. Learners 3
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaborations 3
ENG 101  Composition I 3
GEO 102  Geographic Sys. for El. Ed. 1
HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics I 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics II 3
MUS/ART/THE 732  Creative Arts for PreK-4 3
POS 102  American Gov. for El. Ed. 1
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Approved Natural Science Course with Lab 3
British/American Lit Course (from approved list) 3
Required Major Courses
CHD 200  Intro to PreK-Grade 8 Education 3
CHD 312  Leadership and Advocacy in Childhood Ed 3
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Experience* 3
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy* 3
EDU 375  Intro to Integrated STEM Education 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK 3
ELE 221  Inst. and Assessment in K-4 3
ELE 300  Emergent Literacy 3
ELE 301  Literacy Foundations I: Lang Arts* 3
ELE 302  Literacy Foundations II: Reading* 3
ELE 310  Teaching Math/Science PreK 3
ELE 311  Teaching Math K-4* 3
ELE 321  Teaching Science K-4* 3
ELE 331  Teaching Social Studies K-4*  
ELE 410  PreK-4 Field Experience 3
ELE 411  K-4 Field Experience* 3
ELE 461  Student Teaching PreK-Grade 4* 12
Required Related Courses 12
ESP 311  Assess Positive Behavior Interv. 3
ESP 412  Evidence-Based Practices* 3
PSY 205  Child Psychology 3
PSY 208  Educational Psy. (PSY 100 waived) 3
Free Electives 9
RSP 700  Fundamentals of Literacy 3
RSP 707  Creating and Fostering Literate Env. 3
RSP 708  Literacy Dev. for ELL 3
Total 120

Program Notes:

  • All courses required for certification with a grade of C- or lower must be repeated.
  • CHD 200 and ELE 220 require current clearances and minimum 2.0 GPA to register for courses.
  • All other EDU, ELE, CHD and ESP courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register.
  • Candidates must follow policies for Admission to Teacher Education as stated in the Teacher Education Handbook.
  • Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are restricted to candidates Admitted to Teacher Education.
  • Pre-requisites for ELE 221 and all 300-level ELE and CHD courses are ELE or CHD 200 and ELE 220.
  • State licensure exams must be passed before student teaching.
  • Undergraduate students must achieve at least junior standing to take graduate-level coursework.

Additional Requirements

Students accepted into a teacher certification program must be admitted to Teacher Education before they may register for upper-level, restricted courses. Please refer to the Teacher Education Program Student Handbook for details on Admission to Teacher Education requirements. 

Undergraduate students in the accelerated program may register for no more than 6 graduate credits in any one term, and in terms when a graduate course is registered, the student may not register for more than 18 total credits.

It is the student’s responsibility to apply and meet the qualifications of the graduate program portion of the accelerated program. Failure to follow through with enrollment in the accelerated graduate program will result in additional undergraduate credits to complete the bachelor’s degree, as outlined in the Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses policy.

Additional accelerated program requirements may be found at: https://www.calu.edu/inside/forms/_files/academic-affairs/accelerated-program-application.pdf

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